President Muhammadu Buhari is among dignitaries expected to discuss the strategic importance of collaboration among key institutions to national growth at the first Lagos-Kano Economic and Investment Summit.
The summit, which is scheduled to hold at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe, Lagos, between February 28 and March 1, is to focus on thematic areas such as security, governance, ease of doing business, agriculture, tourism, internally generated revenue, education and infrastructure in key areas of power, transportation and urban waste management.
Aside the President, other lead discussants at the summit are the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi; Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu; former National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega; development expert Prof. Pat Utomi, among others
Addressing a joint news conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa yesterday, chairman of the summit’s steering committee and Lagos State Commissioner for Finance Akinyemi Ashade said the summit was specially designed to create awareness on the investment climate and policy thrust of both Lagos and Kano state governments.
Ashade added that it was also to create a platform for dialogue for potential investors, with the overall objectives of national growth.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Technical Committee for the summit from Kano, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman said Lagos and Kano states had a lot of similarities and differences, and that the summit was designed to bring both to the fore with the overall objectives of learning from each to foster mutually beneficial positives.
Usman, a former Minister of National Planning, said there have been instances in the past when Kano had understudied Lagos in areas such as governance and internally generated revenue, and that the summit would focus on such areas with the aim of playing them up for the people’s benefits.